Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Allerton Road Christmas Market - 30 Nov

There's a Christmas Market on Allerton Road, L18, this Saturday (30th November). 

There'll be activities, food and drink, a choir and hand bell ringers from 9 am to 2pm.  There'll also be activities in some of the shops from 2pm onwards.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Developments in Beechwood Gardens area

I blogged some time ago about the plans from Plus Dane Housing for some building on the patch of land roughly behind the row of houses at 11 onwards Beechwood Gardens. It's a rectangular bit of grass at the moment.  The plan was for shared equity housing.

The Council approved the plans although it wasn't at all clear when anything would start.

Plus Dane have been in touch to say that the land transfer is about to go through.  This means the site will be fenced off, although no building will start until next year.

Plus Dane have written to some immediate neighbours but I am posting this here so the wider Beechwood community is aware.

I'll also update in my e mail bulletins which carry news about L19 and L18.  If you don't get these but want to start getting them, please drop me an e mail at paulakeaveney@yahoo.co.uk with the e mail address you want me to use.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Greenhill Road planning update

The development at the West Farm Hotel on Greenhill Road looks set to be approved.

Earlier this year an application was turned down and this is a new one with some changes to it, partly taking into account what residents said about the first one.

The details are on the Council's planning pages which you can link to here.  The key document is called Case Officer.  This has all the various conditions in it.  You can also see plans and other information on this page.

My colleague Richard Oglethorpe made some comments about access and these are reflected in what the case officer says.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Poetry please!!

The Friends of Garston Library have another literary evening this week.  And the theme is poetry.

We'll be joined by members of the Dead Good Poets Society as well as local people who have sent their own poems in.

If you want to join us, please do.  The event is free.

It starts at 6pm at the library with a drink and takes place on Thursday 21st November.

This evening is the third in a series which has also seen talks on local history and crime writing.  Next year the plans are to feature books on Liverpool's maritime heritage and the literature of the first world war.

Dog fighting theft?

There are worries that the theft of a dog from outside a shop in Hunts Cross could be linked to dog fighting.

The police have released a picture and are asking for help.

Here's a link to the picture and Twitter feed from the police.

UPDATE: The dog has been found and reunited with its owner.  An arrest has been made.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Energy Saving day in Garston

Information and advice on how to cut energy and other bills is on offer later this month at an event in Garston.

The Energy Saving Advice Day takes place on 21 November at the Urban Village Hall on Banks Road.

Running from 11 to 3,the free event includes advice stalls, tea and coffee and a free prize draw.

It's organised by housing associations SLH and LHT but you don't have to be a tenant to come along.

Info is available from 01928 796 000

Friday, 8 November 2013

Selling off the childcare

Later this month (November) the City Council's Cabinet will take a decision in the next steps in their plan to sell off some of the childcare services based at Children's Centres in the City.

In this case they are talking about the services in Garston and Tuebrook. 

For legal reasons the Council has to publish a bit of advance information ahead of the Cabinet meeting (22 November). You can link to the info here.

The Garston service is based in Speke Garston ward and it is interesting, although frankly not surprising given lack of action on other items, that the info here makes it clear that the councillors for Speke Garston and the local MP have not responded when asked to comment.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Building about to start - Booker Avenue

Some time ago, South Liverpool Housing got permission to build some new homes on the bit of land at the junction of Greenhill Road and Booker Avenue (not the former petrol station, the other bit).

The idea is for the new homes to be shared ownership.

Anyway, the land transfer's finished now and there's a contractor ready to start.  So the building should start next week (beginning 11 November).

So if you see people at work on the site, that's what they're doing.

The conditions agreed for the development are in a report on the Council website at this link  (you need to scroll down and click on Decision Notice).  This includes info about the hours that building work (audible) can go on.  Basically it's restricted to between  8 am and 6pm on a weekday and 8 am and 1pm on  a Saturday.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Be gone weeds!


I spent part of today working on two of the planters on Long Lane in Garston.

These have been there for a couple of years now but for the last year or so no one has really looked after them (although they have been watered - thanks to local businesses).

Friends of Garston Park have now raised some money to replant these and some of the other planters around the area.

I'm one of a team of volunteers who've agreed to do planting and maintenance and I've "adopted" the two planters roughly outside Monty's café (bit of an agenda with that choice!)

So today I pulled out a bagful of weeds (one planter had rather become a thistle paradise) and started planting.  We'll all be adding to our planters over the months and years with the aim of helping brighten up the area and preventing them getting quite so neglected again.

(It's worth saying that the planters themselves were donated , along with soil, by Enterprise Liverpool as part of an initiative I kicked off when a Councillor to do with the Woolton Road/Long Lane patch).

The picture shows one of the planters on the day they were first planted up.  I helped and was joined by Cllr Richard Oglethorpe.  I'm hoping that when I've finished, my two will look nice like this rather than like something out of I'm a Celebrity.

(This is just one of the initiatives by Friends of Garston Park.  If you want to get involved let me know and I'll  pass your details on.  Not everything we do involves being out in the rain!)

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Indoor Christmas market in Garston

The Family Support Hub is planning a series of days giving people a chance to  buy, and sell, things in the run up to Xmas.  It starts later this month at the Village Hall on Banks Road.

Here's the link to the Facebook page with the information.